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|Jan-16-15|| ||perfidious: <Whiskey stimulates the imagination--but eating a big meal before the game is equivalent to giving knight odds.>|
The great man was, of course, known to stimulate his imagination thus.
This recalls a Walter Browne interview in CL&R long ago, in which he stated that he was more than willing to buy that evening's opponent a steak dinner. 'Let him try to play after that'.
|Apr-03-15|| ||WannaBe: My opponent left a glass of whisky 'en prise' and I took it 'en passant'. - Henry Blackburne|
|Apr-24-15|| ||Chessical: "The Grand Old Man" of British chess, Mr. Joseph H. Blackburne, received a cheque for £250 from British and foreign chess players, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Saturday last. Mr. Blackburne is a Manchester man, and has played in all parts the world and against all the famous chess players. He already has annuity of £100, provided by chess enthusiasts." |
Source: <"Grantham Journal", Saturday 17th December 1921, p.3.>
£100 in 1921 = approx £4,000 in 2015
|May-13-15|| ||Xeroxx: 21015 value?! wow.|
|May-21-15|| ||Tullius: If you want to see a few pictures of Mr Blackburne's grave in Ladywell Cemetery you can find them here:
I hope it works.
I think his grave is in a terrible state and something should be done about it.
|May-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is a kind of mental alcohol… unless a man has supreme self-control. It is better that he should not learn to play chess. I have never allowed my children to learn it, for I have seen too much of its evil results> - Joseph Blackburne.|
|Jul-07-15|| ||zanzibar: The forthcoming Harding book mentioned by Nosnibor above:|
Joseph Henry Blackburne (kibitz #165)
has had its proofs delivered to the publisher and is expected to go to press by September:
|Aug-22-15|| ||WTHarvey: Here's a 12 page, 'no ads', print edition pamphlet with 55 puzzles from the games of Blackburne @ http://wtharvey.com/blacpe.html What's the winning move ?|
|Aug-22-15|| ||offramp: <Tullius> remember what a pig's ear they made of the grave of Johannes Zukertort.|
|Aug-24-15|| ||ketchuplover: Keep up the good work Mr.Harvey :)|
|Dec-10-15|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Black Death!|
|Jan-12-16|| ||zanzibar: From Graham's <Mr. Blackburne's Games at Chess> p3:|
<Two things combined to bring him into this career. First, his fame was ever waxing greater, and in the year 1861 it happened that Herr Paulsen came to Manchester on one of his blindfold itineraries. Blackburne took a board, and was beaten in a very pretty game, which will be found in its proper place in the book. The effect of this was to stir within him a great desire to try blindfold play on his own account.
The very next day he induced a strong player to begin a contest in which Blackburne should not see the board. He came off victorious, and shortly after played three opponents with the same result. That was in the winter of 1861. In the spring of 1862 he engaged four opponents successfully, the games produced being bright attractive specimens that have been preserved: and will repay the trouble of playing over even to-day. After that he challenged ten members of the Manchester Club, and emerged with the fine score of five wins, two losses and three draws.>
(para added for readability)
|Jan-12-16|| ||zanzibar: Harding's <Blackburne> book is now published:|
Harding himself has some additional pages:
Reviews - http://www.chessmail.com/research/b...
Research - http://www.chessmail.com/research/b...
General info - http://www.chessmail.com/research/b...
|Jan-13-16|| ||zanzibar: After demonstrating his blindfold skills in a simul (5-2-3), and doing a knight's tour at the London (1862), on Friday July 4:|
<Shortly after the termination of these blindfold feats, Mr.
Wilson, who had been opposed to Mr. Blackburne at board
Ho. 8, and who had been struck by the talent displayed by
him, placed in the hands of the Committee the sum of ten
guineas, to be used by them at their discretion in promo
ting a match between him and some other player of emi
nence. In consequence of the protraction of the Tourna
ments, the Committee were unable to carry out the donor's
wish until December, when, Mr. Blackburne being again in
London, a match was made between him and Herr Steinitz.
It was played at the rooms of the London Chess Club,
whose members had increased the stakes to £15 ; the result
was, that Herr Steinitz won 7 games, Mr. Blackburne 1,
and two were drawn.>
(Lowenthal p lxiii)
|Mar-27-16|| ||MissScarlett: American Chess Magazine, v. 2-3 (July 1898-Dec. 1899):|
<Few people know, says M. A. P., in the Glasgow Herald, "that Mr. Blackburne, who has once more vindicated his title as the first of the English players, was in earlier life a worker in stone, and that the premises of the Law Life Assurance Society, adjoining the Church of St. Dunstan's-in-the-West, Fleet street, show practical evidences of his skill in that craft.>
The adddress of that building is now (still?) 187 Fleet Street. Impossible to know if any of Blackburne's handiwork survives; the current structure dates from 1834, but Blackburne probably worked on it in the early-mid 1860s.
Here's a present view of the building front:
Seems I struck out completely appealing for owners of the Reshevsky book, but surely someone here will have Harding's recent one on Blackburne. Does it shed any light on this subject?
|Mar-27-16|| ||offramp: I'll try and go there this week. I know the building and it is very pretty.|
|Mar-27-16|| ||MissScarlett: A family member used to work in Fleet St. during its heydays, but I've never been there once. |
I found this page which shows then (1870s) and now pictures of the buildings on the far side of St. Dunstan's:
I'd say it's possible but unlikely that the present front of 187 dates from the nineteenth century. Oh, Joseph, where is thy monument?
|Mar-28-16|| ||offramp: I've just walked past it. I took a load of crappy photos which I've put on Bookface. Link to follow.|
|May-13-16|| ||zanzibar: Still waiting for that link...
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Blackburne commenting on the <Ruy Lopez>:
<This, the most fashionable opening of to-day, was in not great favour in the sixties. It is a game I never play in a tournament, except when I feel a little off colour and am content with a draw, and then it means losing half a point. In a match this does not matter, as it leaves the two opponents precisely where they were before, but in a tournament every draw costs something, as the leaders usually win the majority of their games.>
|May-25-16|| ||zanzibar: I haven't scanned all the previous pages, so this might have been noted before...|
Q- What is the shortest game Blackburne played and lost?
(Wonder if Harding has this story?)
|Jun-12-16|| ||diagonal: Kingpin review on Harding's Blackburne biography: http://www.kingpinchess.net/2016/05...|
|Jun-14-16|| ||TheFocus: Today's Quote:
<Whiskey stimulates the imagination--but eating a big meal before the game is equivalent to giving knight odds> - Blackburne.
|Sep-02-16|| ||MissScarlett: Acting on a lead from the <ACB>, Sept-Oct 1918, p.179. I found this in the <Falkirk Herald>, May 29th, 1918, p.4:|
<Huns raid J. H. Blackburne: Readers will be sorry to hear that the Huns have treated the veteran chess-master's residence as a "fortified place" (!) and glad to know that their bomb did no personal damage to the aged player and his wife. Mr H. W. Butler, of Brighton, sends us these particulars :- "Mr J. H. Blackburne and Mrs Blackburne have had a most dangerous and nerve-shattering experience. In the last air-raid of Sunday night a bomb dropped close to their residence, damaging the house very much, but, fortunately, neither of them were personally injured. But both have suffered such a shock that it has been deemed wise for them to go into the country to recuperate." British chess players fully sympathise with Mr and Mrs Blackburne in their trying experience, and are delighted to know the "present from Germany" missed its mark.>
The account in the <ACB> had the additional information that <Mrs. Blackburne was thrown down by the force of the explosion and the veteran international player was rendered temporarily deaf>, but their source for this remains unknown.
Having the proximate date of attack, and the knowledge (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...) that Blackburne lived in Lewisham, London, at the time, it wasn't difficult to locate the details:
<The last and largest aeroplane raid of the war took place on the night of 19 May 1918, when 38 Gothas and 3 Giants took off against London. Six Gothas were shot down by interceptors and anti-aircraft fire and a seventh aircraft was forced to land after a protracted close quarters engagement with a Bristol fighter of 141 Squadron from Biggin Hill, crewed by Lieutenants Edward Eric Turner and Henry Balfour Barwise. This was the first victory of the war for Biggin Hill, for which Turner and Barwise were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The British estimated that 2,724 lb (1,236 kg) of bombs were dropped, although the German figure was 3,200 pounds (1,500 kg). 49 people were killed, 177 injured and damage was £117,317.>
More info on the general damage in Lewisham: http://lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot...
|Dec-10-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Happy birthday, Joseph Henry!|
|Dec-10-16|| ||zanzibar: The grand man gets a grand day from <CG>.|
He was the embodiment of Victorian chess and its history.
Joseph Henry Blackburne (kibitz #188)
We're all indebted to Harding for his wonderful biography.
PS- still waiting for those links from <offramp>
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